A youth worker who was left with life-changing injuries following a brutal attack by her boyfriend has opened up about her domestic abuse struggles.
Jade Herbert, 25, had to spend a month in hospital after suffering serious scars to her face, head and left hand from when Fidal Robinson, 23, attacked her with a glass jug, chair, television, a pair of scissors and a bread knife.
Between October and December last year, Robinson attacked the youth worker several times since their relationship began in September.
Jade Herbert, 25, (pictured) has opened up about her domestic abuse struggles after an attack by her boyfriend which left her hospitalised for a month with scars to her face, head and hand
23-year-old Fidal Robinson (pictured) attacked the youth worker with a glass jug, chair, television, a pair of scissors and a bread knife last year and was sentenced to 15 years in prison
Robinson, from Monsall, Manchester, was sentenced to 15 years in prison at Manchester Crown Court and was also given a lifetime restraining order meaning he cannot contact Ms Herbert.
The youth worker told police: ‘The incident left me feeling broken and I am not the same person.
‘I have experienced a roller coaster of emotions and am angry, upset and frustrated.
‘I am receiving support from a mental health team and am taking anti-depressants and hope to start therapy soon.
‘I may be left with permanent scarring to my face which reminds me of the ordeal every time I look in the mirror.
‘I have lost confidence going out in public and may never regain full use of my left arm causing me problems cooking and have moved back in with my foster parents, making me feel even more like I have lost my independence.’
Ms Herbert admits she is struggling with mental health problems since the attack and that she feels like a broken person after her ordeal
The pair had begun a relationship after meeting on Snapchat but the behaviour of Robinson soon turned violent, with Ms Herbert describing him as an ‘immature egoist’.
Robinson, who has a lengthy criminal record which includes robbery, attacks on prison staff and an assault on his own mother in 2011, would turn abusive if Ms Herbert made plans to go out in the evening.
The 23-year-old also attacked Ms Herbert’s sister, Leah, when he met the relative for the first time in October after he had taken cocaine with another male friend.
Speaking about the attack that left her in hospital, Ms Herbert added: ‘He punched me in the face and smashed a glass jug over my head.
‘I can’t count the amount of times he hit me, he hit me all over my body and everything.
Ms Herbert described Robinson as an ‘immature egotist’ who would attack her if she made plans to go out in the evening, such as seeing her sister
‘He then stabbed me and cut me with scissors, stamped on me and started smacking the jug all over my head.
‘I had a big cast iron chair which he threw at me whilst kicking and punching me.
‘I went to the bathroom where he hit me more. I was on the floor and thought he would stop but he smacked the TV over my head while I was on the floor and there was blood everywhere.
‘I asked him if I could go to my sister’s but he said ‘if I can’t have you no one will have you.
The youth worker began a relationship with Robinson in September after the pair met on the social media app Snapchat
‘He then grabbed a bread knife and was chopping me on my face, arms, hand and leg. I thought I was going to die. I grabbed a knife and threw it.
‘He was still hitting me and dragged me downstairs and I tried to get the knife but did not know where I threw it.
‘I was screaming out for help and saying ‘call the police.’
Robinson was sentenced after admitting attempted murder, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault by beating.